Gracen Tested: Sparked Kids Discovery Kit

IMG 5277Last month, Gracen and I were lucky enough to receive a discovery kit from Sparked Kids Crafts.  If you haven’t heard of them before, Sparked Kids Crafts is a Vancouver Island-based subscription service that delivers educational art activities, science explorations, and imaginative play activities aimed at 3 to 7 year olds right to your doorstep.  Pretty cool, right?

IMG 5280Gracen was thrilled to receive a bright and beautiful package full of fun goodies and I was thrilled with how quickly it arrived and how professional the package looked.

IMG 5283Sparked discovery kits come with everything you need to complete several projects right there inside the box – markers, paper, pencils and instructions included!  Our kit was pirate-themed and came with four easy activities…  A folded paper pirate hat to make, a wooden treasure chest to decorate, a treasure map to create, and a popsicle stick parrot puppet to assemble.

IMG 5291Grae was super excited to get started and chose to make the paper pirate hat first (talk about taking me back to my childhood!)

IMG 5296Though the finished product wouldn’t quite stay on her head, for us, projects like these are all about the process.  We spent time together, we worked as a team, and we had fun together, and that’s what’s important.  If we wanted to, we could attach some sort of elastic easily enough and add the hat to her dress-up station for future imaginative play.

IMG 5299Next up, Gracen chose to decorate her treasure box.  At first she began adding splashes of colour here and there and then she requested that I draw some shapes for her to colour in.  She thought decorating a wooden box was a blast and I loved that Sparked had included high-quality crafting products for us to use.

IMG 5304While we haven’t had a chance to make our treasure map yet, there are already plenty of things I love about Sparked Kids Crafts…

1.  It’s a Canadian-based business (yay for supporting local!)

2.  It’s run by two moms, one a savvy mompreneur and the other a teacher (go moms!).

3.  The kits come with clear, easy-to-follow instructions.

4. The materials included are good quality.

5. The activities included are not at all intimidating, not even for those who claim they’re not crafty (I promise!)

6. A single discovery kit contains several activities, which if spaced out a little can easily keep you and your munchkin(s) creating all month long.

7. Each themed kit comes with it’s own enhancement activities and recommended reading list on the Discover More portion of the Sparked website.

Overall, I’d say that’s a lot of pluses for a fairly new small business, wouldn’t you?  In the interest of full honesty, the only thing I’d say is that I did find the activities in this particular kit to be a little… uninspired?  That sounds too harsh.  Perhaps ‘ordinary’ is a better word?  I’m not sure. Now, I’m not saying that the activities were not enjoyable, because they certainly were.  And truth be told, for the most part, kids don’t really care how unique or innovative an activity is, they’re just stoked that someone’s taking the time to sit down and create something with them.  I guess I just felt like the activities were mostly things that I could pull together on my own without too much planning, shopping, or prep work.  But then again, I’m an elementary school teacher, an owner of a handmade goods shop, and in general, someone who enjoys getting creative, so maybe that’s not a fair assessment. 

What I do think is that a Sparked Kids Craft subscription would be an amazing help to parents who are super busy, parents who don’t have the time/energy/inspiration to pull together crafts on their own, and parents who don’t consider themselves creative or crafty.  I also think a subscription would make an awesome gift, because truly, which child doesn’t love receiving mail?!

 

WIN A SPARKED DISCOVERY KIT OF YOUR OWN

Sparked Kids Crafts has generously offered to gift a discovery kit to one lucky Canadian Mama.Papa.Bubba. winner.  The contest is open until Friday, March 29th and there are multiple ways to win (please be sure to leave a separate comment for each).

To enter to win a complimentary Sparked Kids Crafts discovery kit:

–> Visit their website and tell us one thing you like about Sparked Kids Crafts

-> ‘Like’ Sparked Kids Crafts on Facebook and come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment saying you did so (or previously did)

-> Follow Sparked Kids Crafts on Twitter and come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment saying you did so (or previously did)

-> Follow Sparked Kids Crafts on Pinterest and come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment saying you did so (or previously did)

–> ‘Like’ Mama.Papa.Bubba. on Facebook, come back here and leave a separate comment saying you did so (or previously did)

 

Obviously the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning. ☺  Don’t forget to leave your email address!  The winner will be announced on March 30th and contacted via email.  Good luck!!

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53 thoughts on “Gracen Tested: Sparked Kids Discovery Kit

  1. Geneviève says:

    I liked spark kids on Facebook!

  2. Geneviève says:

    I already like Mama.Papa.Bubba. on Facebook!

  3. Geneviève says:

    I visited Sparked Kids Crafts Website and learned that one needs a subscription to get a discovery kit from Sparked Kids Crafts. You can a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription. You get a discovery kit each month! Cool!

  4. Liked Sparked Kids on FB

  5. Also following them on Pinterest now- hello great ideas!

  6. And of course I like Moma.Papa.Buba on FB!

  7. Tannis says:

    Following on pininterest.

  8. Tanya says:

    I like MPB on FB!

  9. Caro says:

    Like them on Facebook

  10. Caro says:

    I like that it’s Canadian and from two moms!

  11. Caro says:

    Following on twitter

  12. Caro says:

    And on pintetrest

  13. Caro says:

    Already like and follow Mama Papa Buba on FB

  14. danielle thorne says:

    liked spark kids onFB

  15. Koryn Heisler says:

    I liked Spark Kids on FB

  16. Koryn Heisler says:

    I liked your blog on FB

  17. Chantal Contorines Branson says:

    I love sparked kids (and on Facebook too). Such a fantastic concept. Love the ease of the projects delivered, and the quality of the goods.

  18. Chantal Contorines Branson says:

    I liked your blog, on FB, too, awhile ago. Such a great resource for food and recipes for kids and families. My kids love the shaving cream/food dye bath pairing.

  19. Kristen says:

    I already like Sparked kids on Facebook!

  20. Kristen says:

    I already follow Sparked kids crafts on Facebook!

  21. Kristen says:

    I follow Sparked on Twitter!

  22. Kristen says:

    I have liked MPB on face book.
    Fingers crossed I win!

  23. Kristen says:

    And…I follow Sparked on Pinterest.

  24. Lorena says:

    I liked Sparked Kids Crafts on facebook.

  25. Lorena says:

    I’m following Sparked Kids Crafts on twitter.

  26. Lorena says:

    I’m following Sparked Kids Crafts on pinterest.

  27. Lorena says:

    I liked Mama.Papa.Bubba on facebook.

  28. Lorena says:

    I like that the discovery kits get delivered to your doorstep.

  29. Anne says:

    I checked out there website and think it is a great idea! My son loves mail 🙂

  30. Anne says:

    I followed Sparked on Twitter

  31. Anne says:

    I followed Sparked Kids on Pinterest

  32. Jasmine Bourret says:

    I liked Sparked Kids Crafts on Facebook!

  33. Jasmine Bourret says:

    I follow Sparked Kids Crafts on Twitter 🙂

  34. Jasmine Bourret says:

    I follow Sparked Kids Crafts on Pinterest!

  35. Jasmine Bourret says:

    I liked Mama Papa Bubba on Facebook!

  36. Teresa says:

    Sparked Kids is so totally awesome! I love that it’s two Canadian moms running a business.

  37. I Liked Sparks Kids on FB. And happy to do so – would love to get more info from them.

  38. Following on Twitter and tweeted.

  39. Follow Mama Papa Bubba on Facebook

  40. Peachy says:

    Liked skd on fb. What a great idea. Gracen looked like she had a lot of fun! 🙂
    Kat

  41. Lori says:

    I liked Sparked Kids on Facebook

  42. Lori says:

    I followed Sparked Kids on Twitter

  43. Lori says:

    I followed Sparked Kids on pinterest

  44. Lori says:

    I like Mama Papa Bubba on Facebook : )

  45. sunshine says:

    I liked Sparked Kids on FB

  46. sunshine says:

    I learned that the kits are really easy to order, and while they seemed pricy at first, that includes shipping (in Canada).

  47. sunshine says:

    I already liked Mama.Papa.Bubba on FB 🙂

  48. Brandee says:

    I already like Mma.Papa.Bubba on FB.

  49. elizabeth says:

    I liked sparked kids on fb…. its an amazing page… thank you

  50. elizabeth says:

    I liked the “art tricks” on pinterest…. cool ideas.

  51. elizabeth says:

    visited mama. papa, bubba on facebook…

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